Journeys way off the beaten path, and the power of everyday people.

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Tennessee thrift store helps those who dream of college — go.

TOWNSEND, TENNESSEE — More than 20 years ago, Dorothy Storey wanted to help more young people from this little town at the entrance to Smoky Mountain National Park attend college. She and her friends Grace Jones and Mary Ann Ashworth hosted a rumma…

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Family creates community in nature of rural Tennessee

Driving into Sweet Hollow Lane, it is the shalla — a round, open wooden shelter with a high-angled roof – that greets you as you emerge from the woods. High on the hill, visitors practice their Warrior One poses, meditate, watch the sun rise in morn…

Party time gives the gift of camp to kids

RUSH,  N.Y. — On a recent Saturday, Madison McIntee was at her family’s motor vehicle repair shop, saying hello, thanking and hosting more than 100 people from the Honeoye Falls community and beyond as they dined on grilled chicken under a big tent,…

An exchange student reunion, 30 years later

5.26.18 NUENHEERSE, GERMANY — Today I went to the small town of Neuenheerse to meet my host mother, Doris Dressel, and two sisters, Melanie and Tamara. 30 years ago, sometime in August, I packed a year's worth of clothes in 2 bags and said farewe…

I was there when the wall was up ... and down

5.22.18 BERLIN, GERMANY — This is a self-portrait at the Berliner Dom at night, with Alexander Platz (tower thing) in the back. Camera set on my backpack - no tripod. I was here when it was the DDR in 1988 - I was very young and what i remember w…

Lens to world: Encore

This week, in 2014, I realized a dream I had first imagined camping out on my parents' porch as kid. I looked at a book about the Amazon and pictured myself in a dugout canoe, the trees towering over me, dwarfing me under mother nature. I spent ten…

Africa's masterpiece

The lions, zebras, cheetahs... everything was amazing on the Masai conservancies. This was one of my favorite sights, above all. These trees and the nests in them. The so blue sky, the fake-looking clouds, as if the Universe set down it's paint br…

Everyday people: A freedom fighter

"I gave my youth to fight in the revolution with Sandinistas. I saw the awful things what Somoza's National Guard did to people ... They shot people and left them in the street. Sometimes they lit the bodies on fire. If you were out after 5, it's…